Dressing The Air is the brainchild of the London-based artist Paul Schütze.

In a career spanning 30 years, Schütze has exhibited his photographic and installation works in galleries and museums around the world, released over thirty albums of original recordings, scored a number of films and performed numerous concerts. He has collaborated with artists such as James Turrell, Josiah McElheny and Isaac Julien and musicians as diverse as Bill Laswell, Raoul Björkenheim, Toshinori Kondo, Lol Coxhill and Jah Wobble.

Dressing The Air is a unique open resource that aims to enrich creative thinking by encouraging a multi-sensory approach. A constantly evolving archive and creative news feed, Dressing The Air monitors and reports on a diverse range of art-forms from cinema to sculpture, painting to furniture design, land-art to perfumery.

Vetiver Extraordinaire

Dominic Ropion

for Frederic Malle

2002

Bergamot, Bigarade Orange, Pink pepper, Nutmeg, Floralozone, Haïtain Vetyver, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Oak moss, Myrrh, Cashmeran, Musketone, Tonalide - A triumph of earthy, smokey opacity laden with gleaming detail and subtle flashes of light. It evolves constantly around the wearer. Like wearing the phantom of an impossibly majestic forest.

smell

In the family of aromas we associate with nature, and thus with the history of perfumery, there are many well-known marriages. Most familiar are the representations of flowers: our olfactory language is littered with floral references experienced often through the world of perfumes. Indeed it often happens that the common memory of a flower is based more on mass exposure to an industrial imitation than to the flower itself. There are some smells, however, which capture the essence of nature in a way our language cannot describe. The aroma of freshly  snapped young tomato vines, of trampled flower stems on the wet ground of a florist's shop. Vetiver produces a scent so complex and so pregnant with unnamed associations it cannot be described through comparison with anything else.